Does anyone have issues with circulation?

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Posted 1/26/2013 by 2peafaithful in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:08:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago I had a pain in my leg. I didn't think much of it and went on. We have a lot going on and it wasn't a really bad pain and I wondered if I had hit it or something. I did have a couple bruises on my leg.

Shortly after that I had more swelling then normal in my legs. Sometimes when I am really stressed I puff up a bit on my lower half. If it is in the summer or a time I have to sit a lot than it is worse. It was around that time of the month and after a week or so he seem to subside.

The last week the swelling is back. One of my legs is a bit tingly and my feet are colder than normal.

Good grief I feel like this is my year to physically fall apart. I had a blood clot (superficial) about 4 years ago and I have a clotting disorder too. I don't take anything for it and outside of pregnancy have told I wouldn't need to. During pregnancy or major surgery recovery I do Lovanox for a blood thinner.

I did put on some compression pants yesterday and that helped a bit but when I woke up this morning it wasn't any better.

I don't have any other health issues that I am aware of and just had my full physical, labs, etc. Everything was normal.

When I read online it sounded to me like possibly a circulation issue. The last couple weeks when I got in the shower the hot water felt different on my feet for the first minute or so but then it went away.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 4:22:58 PM
The swelling and the pain would have me at the doctor getting checked for a clot, especially since you said you have a clotting disorder.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 4:43:52 PM
At the very least, call the doctor and describe what's happening. Don't mess around in case it is a blood clot.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:28:23 PM
It just feels different than the first time and if I thought it was a clot I would have ran there but it has been more several symptoms adding up over the last few weeks and the swelling not going down. Thanks and I will call on Monday.
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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:09:42 PM
I used to have similar symptoms - went to the doctor and everything checked out OK. I discovered my symptoms are very diet driven. If I go overboard with carbs, sugar, caffeine or salt my ankles swell. If I don't stay hydrated my ankles swell just like you describe - especially sugar. If I sit too long they swell. My monthly cycles also impacts the situation. It's like a juggling act trying to keep everything balanced but paying attention to the diet details has really helped.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:39:35 PM
I have circulation issues when my thyroid goes out of wack but I have hyperthyroidism. I always start to bruise easy.

But for me water never feels hot enough.
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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:54:37 PM
You said your last blood clot was superficial. Your symptoms could be different if this is a deep vein thrombosis instead of a superficial clot. If you have a history of clots, have a clotting disorder, and have these symptoms, I would advise you to be seen soon. Seriously. DVTs aren't something to play around with. Hopefully it isn't, but I wouldn't take any chances.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:57:28 PM
At your physical did they do blood work? did they do a CBC?
I would be ? about diabetes, or another blood clot, or something with this blood clotting dx you have?

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:57:28 PM
At your physical did they do blood work? did they do a CBC?
I would be ? about diabetes, or another blood clot, or something with this blood clotting dx you have?

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:38:24 PM
Update 1/28- I called my blood doctor to ask for the nurses input and she said I want to get you in for a scan (sonogram on my legs for a clot) and called me back and said come on in. No clots!!!! She referred me to see a vascular surgeon for any addition vein issues.

WillowJane-I have noticed that before too. But this is so much more severe that I thought it had to be something more. Perhaps I need to be super strict for a few days or so to see how it effects it. I eat pretty clean but not 100%. I do notice it worse around my cycle too.

Leslie-Thanks! I know they tested my thyriod and said it was fine but I have also heard there is more thyriod test then just some of the basic ones too. I need to check one which ones they did.

Cindy-Yeah they did a CBC and everything was fine including my blood sugar. The only thing that was a tad low was my folate but just by a small amount. I am taking folic acid too.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:11:31 PM
Sounds like a blood clot to me.
I'm glad you got a scan and it was clear.
I tend to just drink more water when my legs swell. Especially in the summer or when we have major weather changes ( like sudden hot humid weather)
Good luck
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